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May 2021
Hope you are doing well and are safe.
Bharti Institute of Public Policy is delighted to present the second issue of Communiqué - its quarterly newsletter. The issue at hand gives a glance at the educational programmes, research and outreach activities, events and initiatives carried out at the Institute.
Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business aims to steer education and research in the public policy domain. The Institute stands tall as one of India’s prominent public policy think tanks, engaging with multiple actors across the private sector and policymakers to provide them with data-driven evidence, actionable research, and analysis on relevant issues. Bharti Institute works on policy challenges across diverse domains, with a focus on a collaborative approach.
A welcome message from our Associate Director, Dr Aarushi Jain.
Aarushi Jain
Associate Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy
Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy (AMPPP)
The Institute's flagship programme, Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy, is specially designed to help public policy professionals, from the public as well as the private sector, develop a deeper understanding of policy concepts and domains. It is a rigorous and challenging programme, delivered in a hybrid and interactive format to maximise learning. The current pandemic brought in enormous challenges and the course helped policy professionals understand the dynamics and response strategies during these uncertain times.
Know more about the programme here
AMPPP Co’21 was onboarded successfully in October 2020 and their 2nd and 3rd residency happened in January and March 2021, respectively. Despite the global pandemic, the 3rd residency was held in the ISB Mohali campus to provide a holistic experience to the students.
Watch excerpts from the March 2021 residency here.
Watch more about the campus experience here. here.
The application for admission to the AMPPP Class of 2022 is presently open.
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The students of AMPPP class of 2021 talk about their experience of the programme:
AMPPP Student Testimonials - Class of 20-21 AMPPP Faculty Testimonials
Abhisheik Vishwakarma
Director & Head of Product and Business Development CRISIL Risk & Infrastructure Solutions Ltd
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Prof Ashwini Chhatre
Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy
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Ajeetha Begum Sulthan,
IPS Assistant Director, Establishment Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA)
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Prof Rajeshwar Upadhayay
CEO at Par Excellence Leadership Solutions Pvt Ltd
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Kausar Kidwai
National Technical Manager, Cervical & Cancer Screening & Treatment Programme with Clinton Health Access Initiative
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Prof Rajiv Malhotra
Professor and Executive Director, India Public Policy Report
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Education Training: Online Refresher Training for Principals
Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB conducted Online Refresher Workshop for directly recruited Principals of Senior Secondary Schools of the Department of School Education, Punjab selected through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). Over 150 participants were trained to follow up on the initial training and to provide principals with much-needed impetus and exposure on decision making, leadership and management concepts. The principals submitted their presentations of initiatives undertaken by them in their schools and the top 21 presentations were selected and presented. These principals who created effective impact stories were felicitated with a certificate of appreciation. This workshop is one component of an overarching project titled, Improving Quality of Education in Punjab, which the Indian School of Business (ISB) is undertaking with the Department of School Education, Punjab.
Read more here
Initiative in Focus
Mentorship based model to maintain student engagement and enhance their motivation to stay with the education system
Indian School of Business, under the Jump Start India initiative, kicked off the Mentorship based initiative for five meritorious schools of Punjab. The students will be evaluated via a comprehensive Randomized Control Trial tool after being divided into the treatment and control groups. The project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a mentorship-based model in improving student engagement, and enhancing their motivation. The initiative focusses on a randomly selected set of students from the 12th standard, who are at an important stage in their careers, but are at a high risk of dropping out of the education system altogether, unless they are engaged in a meaningful way during this critical time. Nearly 500 students of class 12 from the meritorious schools, 200+ ISB students (PGP, PGP-PRO, PGP-MAX and AMPPP) and 20 ISB staff members are participating in the programme. The initiative is being documented as a Randomized Control Trial and if found effective, the model could be replicated and scaled up across the state for benefitting maximum students. The initiative is being led by Dr Aarushi Jain and coordinated by a team of researchers at Bharti Institute in collaboration with PGP students at ISB.
Read news about this initiative: The Indian Express & True Scoop News
Grant in Focus
Upscaling Community Forest Resource (CFR) Rights Recognition and Governance in India
The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (“The Tenure Facility”), Sweden, on 1st April 2021, approved a Phase 2 of US$ 1 million for the Upscaling Community Forest Resource (CFR) Rights Recognition and Governance in India initiative. The project duration will be for two years in which the team will primarily focus on developing a technology stack and work with governments and businesses to build industry-scale market linkages to clusters of community-owned forest produce. The Project is led by Prof Ashwini Chhatre.
Earlier, The Tenure Facility had awarded US$ 1.94 million in 2018 to channelise resources into rights and recognition of community resource rights as guaranteed by the FRA’06. In the three years of the first phase of this project, the forest governance team struck partnerships with NGOs, CSOs, community-based organizations, governments and created a new momentum across several central Indian States like Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand. More than 5000 community claims were filed during the tenure of this project.
In News
Presenting a business case for water utilities to be actively engaged in the management and distribution of water, Dr. Anjal Prakash weighs the need for privatisation of water resources for efficient, reliable and quality access to water.
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Online refresher workshop for 150 directly recruited principals as a part of an overarching project for ‘Improving Quality of Education in Punjab’
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Mr. Amarjeet Sinha, IAS (Retd.), Advisor to Prime Minister, spoke during the inaugural Keynote Address in India Public Policy Network Conference
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Online workshop on the benefits, tools and datasets that India Data Portal (IDP) provides, with a virtual walk through and hands-on exercises.
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Dr. Anjal Prakash analyses the implications of Budget 2021-22 on environment and the significance of having a climate-responsive and green-budgeting process
Read more
Bharti Institute’s IDP, an open data initiative that envisages to create a community around open data enthusiasts and benefit multiple stakeholders receives wide acceptance.
Read more
Keep up to date with all the-Bharti Institute News by selecting BIPP in the news category here
Focus: Policy Case-Study Brief
For the Win of “The TAJ”
The Taj Mansingh case elaborates upon the dilemma which the Chairman of NDMC was facing over an eight-year long dispute with IHCL. Whether losing IHCL as the licensee of Taj Mansingh would be a lemon or a bargain? This study is a classic example of a revenue sharing model between a private and a government entity without a change in ownership.
By Amrita Chakraborty and Nitesh K Jha
Read the case brief here
Policy Recommendations towards the Growth of E-Commerce in India
Bharti Institute of Public Policy & Amazon India
In the year 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the global economy. However, online retailers leveraged this situation and tapped into the on-demand delivery platforms to optimize their business and adapt to this ‘new normal’. Bharti Institute of Public Policy has collaborated with Amazon India to conduct a Research Study on the role of E-commerce in India’s growth and economic recovery. This study would provide policy recommendations on how the e-commerce industry can ensure economic growth in the MSME industry. The collaboration is led by Prof Avik Sarkar.
To read more, please click here
Researcher Speak
The brief discusses the need for an alternate voluntary sacrifice approach to poverty reduction, without public policy interventions, to supplement the government’s programs to decrease poverty.
By Sridhar Kundu
Read more here
Thought Leadership
Bharti Institute team members share their expert views and insights on various policy related topics. A sneak peek into some of them:
  • Prof Ashwini Chhatre moderates a Panel Discussion at DMEO, NITI Ayog’s “National Conference on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning” in March, 2021
  • Dr Aarushi Jain on Skoch Group’s Public Policy Forum Panel ‘Channelling Research into Public Policy’
  • Prof Anjal Prakash as a panelist for ‘Valuing Water: Celebrating various facets of water with Youth’, an initiative by UNICEF, Water Initiatives and Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (Orissa)
  • Prof Avik Sarkar speaks at various forums on Data, Technology and Policy issues
Student Section
Ankit Anand, a student of AMPPP Batch 2020-21, highlights the pressing issue of ‘Local Job Reservation’ acts, particularly in reference to a bill recently passed by Haryana and emphasizes the vast implications and spill overs such acts can potentially have. Read here
Neetu Kapasi, a student of AMPPP Batch 2020-21, assesses the underrepresentation of women in the workforce in India and how small steps at the individual level can act as a catalyst in bridging this challenge. Read here
Alumni Corner
Read the case study titled “Ichko: In the Eye of a Cyclone”, written by AMPPP Alum, 2019-20 Batch, B Chandra Mohan, IAS, 1995 Bach, Tamil Nadu Cadre, published in Harvard Business Publishing. The case is co-authored by Anusha Parihar of CLMP and Prof Phil Zerrillo. The case was developed after the submission in the Writing Case Study Course in Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy, ISB. Click here to read the case. (Ichko: In the Eye of a Cyclone | Harvard Business Publishing Education)
The Alumni of AMPPP talk about their experience of the programme:
Asok Kumar G, IAS
Mission Director, National Water Mission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India Class of 2018-19
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Malini Agarwal, IPS
Additional Director General of Police, Reorganization & Rules, Rajasthan Class of 2020-21
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Nikita Dilip Desai
Consultant, Programme Development, TechnoServe Class of 2018-19
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Rahul Musunuri
Founder & CEO, Khumbu Systems Class of 2020-21
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Event in Focus
2021 IPPN Annual Conference
The 3rd India Public Policy Network (IPPN) Conference was organised by the Bharti Institute of Public Policy on 26th-27th March 2021. The theme of the conference was ‘Technology and Policy’. The two-day virtual conference saw 4 Keynote Addresses, 40 curated paper sessions, panels, and round tables with 200+ speakers and presenters from 15 countries.
“Pro-poor public welfare, community connect and technology are a medium to enable both community welfare and connect. The delivery and reach of many pro-poor public welfare programs, whether it is public service or entitlements, is based on the interconnectedness of technology, policy, and communities”, emphasised Mr Amarjeet Sinha, IAS (Retd.), Advisor to the Prime Minister.
The recordings of all the Keynote Addresses, Inaugural Plenary, Expert Talks, Symposium & Round Tables can be viewed here.
To know more about the conference click here
Engagement in Focus
Engagements with various State Governments under JSI
7th January 2021 - Meeting on Himachal Pulse
Bharti Institute team had a review meeting on JumpStartIndia@ISB-Himachal Pulse Project where Prof Ashwini Chhatre emphasized the need for a system like Himachal Pulse to enable data-driven policy and e-Governance by converging fragmented data sources within various organs of the Government. This meeting was chaired by Shri Prabodh Saxena, ACS (Planning) and was attended by Principal Secretaries and Directors from the departments of Planning, Transport, IT, Rural Development, Health, Agriculture, PWD, Food and Civil Supplies. Dr Aarushi Jain, Shamil Khedgikar and Hemanth Guthala from Bharti Institute were present during the interaction. Agriculture, Planning, Health, and Food & Civil supplies Departments have sought support from ISB to contribute towards Himachal Pulse.

25th February 2021 - Meeting with Government of Andhra Pradesh
Prof. Ashwini and the External Relations team from ISB attended the review meeting on JumpStartIndia@ISB presided by Hon'ble Ministers Mekapati Gowtham Reddy, and Botsa Satya Narayana. Deliberations took place on the projects of Policy Lab, Digital & IT Innovation Policy for the state, and on multiple welfare schemes taken up by the government. Chairman of APEDB, MF of APTS, Principal Secretary of GVWS Department, Principal Secretary of IT Department were also present there.
In a separate meeting with Principal Secretary Shri Praveen Prakash, potential areas of engagement on Skilling Infrastructure and Industrial Growth were discussed. Kumara Guru, Sridhar Bhagvatula, and Sundeep Jammalamadaka from the External Relations team and Hemanth Guthala from Bharti Institute were present at the meetings.
5th April 2021 - Demonstration of Pulse to TN Guidance
A demonstration on the prototype of Tamil Nadu Pulse was made to Shri Neeraj Mittal, MD, and Shri Darez Ahamed, ED of TN Guidance. The capabilities of Pulse and the possibilities of policy engagement were discussed in the meeting. Shamil Khedgikar and Hemanth Guthala, from the ISB team, are working towards demonstrating similar cases for Tamil Nadu by collaborating with the departments of Health, Electricity, and Planning.
Team Building
“Together, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results.” – Becka Schoettle
We, at the Bharti Institute have a strong, dynamic and diverse team. The pandemic posed challenges across the past year and the team was spread at various locations. In order to work in collaboration and take effective decisions, the India Data Portal team organized a Workshop in Manali in April to discuss the lessons learnt and to chart the next course of action in the project.
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Compiled by:
Sangeetha Hariharan, Dr Aarushi Jain, and Nikhat Khalid
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